Bolton School Senior Girls

Girls Win Regional ESU Public Speaking Competition

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A team of three Y9 girls from Bolton School Girls’ Division has won through to the next round of the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) Churchill Public Speaking competition. Maryam Ali who undertook the role of Chairperson, Ammaarah Patel who was Questioner and Safa Karim who was the Main Speaker competed as a team in the North-West heat held at Little Lever School in Bolton. The girls were up against some fierce competition from some very confident and eloquent public speakers from six other schools in the North West (Stonyhurst College with two teams, Bedford High, Little Lever School, Eden Boys and Marsden Heights Community College) but, despite this, they were named as the winning team for a superb all round performance. The topic on which Safa spoke was ‘The NHS is inefficient and not underfunded’ and the judges commented on what a reasoned and balanced consideration of the topic she gave with a fluent and personal delivery; equally, Maryam and Ammaarah were praised for their listening skills and confidence.

English Teacher Mrs Thornborough said: “The girls were an absolute credit to the school and I look forward to taking them to the next round of the competition.”

This is the 60th year of the prestigious ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the International Churchill Society. It is the largest such contest in England and Wales, with around 400 teams (each comprising a speaker, questioner and a chairperson). The different roles allow students to practise and excel in different skill sets, and the competition’s unique format, which pairs the speaker from one school with the chair and questioner of another, encourages quick thinking and relationship building. The competition provides a great way for students to develop their oracy skills in a friendly, supportive environment. The national final will be held in April.

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